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Re: Winch covers?

When I had black anodized Barients, I think the covers were definitely worthwhile... They could help prevent the winches from getting too hot, and thus inhibit the grease from liquefying...

Since I've switched to stainless Andersens, that's probably not as critical, but I continue to use them anyway, figure it can't hurt... I still imagine the possibility they keep the heat down is likely the primary benefit...
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Re: Winch covers?

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They don't have to be waterproof, just shed enough water so it does not get drenched inside on a regular basis. Sunbrella does this (ever sit under a sunbrella awning in the rain?)
Yea, I guess I have.

From what others are posting I guess maybe it could probably just might be one of those damned if you do, damned if you don't thingies.
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When I had black anodized Barients, I think the covers were definitely worthwhile... They could help prevent the winches from getting too hot, and thus inhibit the grease from liquefying...

Since I've switched to stainless Andersens, that's probably not as critical, but I continue to use them anyway, figure it can't hurt... I still imagine the possibility they keep the heat down is likely the primary benefit...
What he said.
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Re: Winch covers?

The PO of this boat advised me to always use the winch covers, stating that w/o them he had to rebuild the electric Lewmar 65s once a year. We do and it's been 3 years with no problems so we will continue to use them on all our winches.
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Re: Winch covers?

Here in Seward we get lots of coal dust and glacial silt. Winch covers probably help to keep some of that out of the innards of the wenches...and winches.
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Re: Winch covers?

My previous boat used to get shadowy streaks running down the gelcoat below the winches. I believe they were caused by minute amounts of oil and grease that was washed out of the winches. Also, if you sail in salt water and have taken apart winches that were not lubricated frequently, you may have seen salt caked into the winch grease. I believe sunbrella or similar winch covers helps prevent both these conditions.
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Re: Winch covers?

I think Sailak has the right of it.

I just disassembled one of my Barient 28ST's, and there was a shocking amount of sand/dust/grit in the works, and on the coaming beneath the winch base.

I suspect that the biggest benefit of the covers is to prevent so much of the dry stuff from blowing in/up/around the winches, although the ideas about reducing heat and water intrusion have some merit as well.

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Re: Winch covers?

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My previous boat used to get shadowy streaks running down the gelcoat below the winches. I believe they were caused by minute amounts of oil and grease that was washed out of the winches. Also, if you sail in salt water and have taken apart winches that were not lubricated frequently, you may have seen salt caked into the winch grease. I believe sunbrella or similar winch covers helps prevent both these conditions.
I don't know about you, but we don't sail with the winch covers on.
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Re: Winch covers?

We have four covered and one uncovered(never got around to replacing the missing one). The covered ones spin nicely the uncovered one sounds like sand has made it's way into it. It still works but takes more maintenace than the covered ones. So if you have them I would use them. my .02 cents worth.

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We have four covered and one uncovered(never got around to replacing the missing one). The covered ones spin nicely the uncovered one sounds like sand has made it's way into it. It still works but takes more maintenace than the covered ones. So if you have them I would use them. my .02 cents worth.

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Nice direct and unbiased comparison. Your observation agrees exactly with what Don Casey says in one of his books (I think either This Old Boat or his canvas book): winch covers reduce the need for winch maintenance.
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